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Race tracks open and race tracks close. It's an unfortunate reality. But there are some circuits that we simply couldn't imagine the world carrying on without. Like the Nürburgring Norschleife.

Lamentable as it may be to even ponder, the legendary road-course in Germany is apparently in trouble, and not the kind that Lassie can save them from. The track is reportedly half a billion euros in debt, and while the government apparently wants to help, that support has apparently arrived in the form of indoor roller-coasters and other amusements built by private companies. Unfortunately, all the 'Ring really needed was a new parking lot and some maintenance.

With the unthinkable looming on the horizon, supporters have enlisted one Sabine Schmitz – the Ring Mistress herself – to campaign on their behalf. Follow the jump to hear her plea, and check out SaveTheRing on Facebook for more.. Hat tip to msport!

[Source: Axis of Oversteer]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They should auction off 'buddy rides' around the ring. Pay to be a passenger with famous racing drivers...or supermodels, that works too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what? The local government is anyway involved...thus the locals with pay for this also.
      Quite the "Mecena" these germans...pay the debt for greeks, save the irish...finance nurburgring for the rest of the world.

      BTW, the situation was foreseen by local journalists and even reported in the media...sadly no one payed attention and what's worse, those journalists got their houses searched and got sued because they wrote the truth about the disaster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this chick looks like a muppet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am so in love with Sabine! Why couldnt she single and in reside here in the states?!?!?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as the OEMs use the track for advertising, they should help support it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah NOOOOOO!!! They can't close it yet, I haven't had a run around it and I asked Santa for that this year for Christmas!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just spent an hour running around it last night in Forza3 in an R1 car. Always thought that's as close as I'd ever get to driving on it for real, now I fear as you do, that it may just come true.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd say we build a new one here in the U.S., longer and better with 3 carousels!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about a signature campaign?
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is ridiculous! those developers should be shot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No...the track management/owners that somehow got .5B Euro in debt. Wonder how they did it...must have leveraged the heck out of it and now the piper wants his due.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Nürburgring is without doubt one of my favorite tracks on GT5. And, I'm not against (all) company bailouts. The automotive bailouts saved tons of jobs and for the most part they are back in the black. However, when AIG was bailed, the CEO's spent a 1/4 million on a trip to a resort for golf and massages.

        How did they get that deep in debt? Just b/c you pay this debt off doesn't mean they won't be there again in another 20 years if they don't make some changes. I'm not trying to start a flame war about the invisible hand. =D Just my random thoughts.



      • 4 Years Ago
      Nor"D"schleife...as in north-loop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i love you , Sabine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who gives a sht....complete waste of money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As I said...who really gives a sht about a racing track.
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